Dhaka, Bangladesh
Heat hits poultry sector

Heat hits poultry sector

The deleterious effect of climate change on the poultry farming has recently become visible. According to a report published in The News Today on Monday (June 10), Bangladesh’s poultry executives claimed that climate change posed a major management and operational snags as the real scorcher causes heat stress and poultry diseases raising the mortality rates. Higher temperatures in sub-tropical Bangladesh breed vector-borne diseases, avian flu, fowl cholera, heat stroke and other ailments too. But it has now become well-nigh impossible to control sizzling temperature in poultry shades. Experts in poultry farming on different occasions emphasized more quality poultry farming and quality production of eggs and breeding of fowls. The majority of our people are malnourished because of protein and calorie deficiency. As eggs are our major source of nutrition supply, pristine purity of eggs must not be spoiled with blending of Antibiotic Growth Promoter (AGP) with poultry feed. To meet the ever-growing demand the poultry industry has to boost egg and chicken production. With the burgeoning population it has become a major challenge for us to arrange safe food for them. Of late food safety has been the biggest casualty in Bangladesh. Food adulteration is a common phenomenon everywhere. The consequences of unsafe food are devastatingly harmful which grievously affects people’s health and thwarts economic growth in the long run. We have, therefore, to keep our food safe by all means as the food security and safe food are complementary to each other. Kudos go to Bangladesh for its success in keeping the poultry feed safe. Safe poultry chicks are being hatched and non-toxic eggs absolutely fit for human consumption are being produced on a large scale here. But the curse of climate change on our moderately healthy poultry sector begins to show up now. Industry-insiders said due to sweltering heat birds are suffering, their productivity is declining, mortality rate is increasing. Besides, the industry may face feed scarcity if the heat persists. The feed materials are being damaged owing to excessive heat. As poultry sector is contributing significantly in our economy, a proper recipe for combating this new hurdle of heat to the sector must be devised. The industry must be saved as a lot of youths across the country finding no job have engaged themselves in poultry business as self-employment. According to a report, about six million people are working directly or indirectly in this sector. All concerned, therefore, must come forward to find the means to combat effects of heat stress and high humidity on poultry farming.

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